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Windows 8 Essential Training
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Windows 8 Essential Training

with David Rivers

Video: Welcome

(music playing) Hi and welcome to Windows 8 Essential Training. I'm David Rivers. Microsoft Windows has gone through yet another major makeover and in this course, we'll get you up to speed on the essential features and functions of Windows 8. So you'll feel comfortable in this new environment. We'll begin by exploring what it takes to get upgraded to Windows 8 and then examine ways to transfer files from your existing Windows installation to the new Windows 8 environment. We'll get you comfortable navigating the new metro style user interface before opening up the file explorer to work with the new Ribbon interface to manipulate your files and folders.
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  1. 1m 39s
    1. Welcome
      1m 4s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 11m 47s
    1. Assessing your hardware and Windows 8 versions
      4m 2s
    2. Upgrading from other Windows versions
      2m 30s
    3. Transferring old files to Windows 8
      5m 15s
  3. 23m 59s
    1. Getting familiar with the new user interface
      4m 57s
    2. Exploring the old Windows 7 desktop
      3m 54s
    3. Using touch screens and gestures
      2m 17s
    4. Switching between running apps with Switcher
      5m 46s
    5. Personalizing Windows 8
      7m 5s
  4. 35m 44s
    1. Using the new Ribbon in the File Explorer
      6m 34s
    2. Organizing folders and files
      8m 11s
    3. Choosing how folders behave
      6m 57s
    4. Searching for files and file contents
      4m 52s
    5. Simplifying organization with libraries
      3m 28s
    6. Copying files with pause and resume
      5m 42s
  5. 57m 24s
    1. Managing mail with the Mail app
      9m 9s
    2. Using the Calendar app
      7m 30s
    3. Managing contacts in the People app
      6m 27s
    4. Sending instant messages with Messaging
      4m 48s
    5. Working with the Photos app
      5m 40s
    6. Reading text with the Reader app
      7m 54s
    7. Managing music with the Music app
      5m 2s
    8. Managing video with the Video app
      4m 40s
    9. Locating places with Maps
      6m 14s
  6. 26m 50s
    1. Typing text with Notepad and WordPad
      8m 17s
    2. Creating graphics with Paint
      10m 14s
    3. Performing simple and advanced calculations with the Calculator
      3m 35s
    4. Taking screenshots with the Snipping tool
      4m 44s
  7. 28m 46s
    1. Viewing your current system specs
      3m 53s
    2. Controlling sound device volume settings
      9m 31s
    3. Removing unwanted programs
      2m 50s
    4. Setting default programs
      4m 44s
    5. Setting accessibility options
      7m 48s
  8. 22m 20s
    1. Getting connected
      4m 48s
    2. Connecting PCs with HomeGroup
      4m 40s
    3. Connecting to another computer with Remote Desktop
      2m 53s
    4. Selecting sharing options for networks
      5m 36s
    5. Adding and removing devices
      4m 23s
  9. 34m 21s
    1. Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
      4m 45s
    2. Viewing and resolving security issues with Action Center
      3m 54s
    3. Battling malicious software with Windows Defender
      3m 36s
    4. Controlling access with user accounts
      4m 57s
    5. Securing your account with passwords and pins
      4m 43s
    6. Using parental controls to block unwanted content
      4m 3s
    7. Encrypting a drive with BitLocker
      5m 39s
    8. Using Encrypting File System (EFS) to encrypt select folders and files
      2m 44s
  10. 10m 38s
    1. Printing files directly from Windows
      3m 27s
    2. Printing files to the XPS format
      3m 26s
    3. Accessing and changing printer options
      3m 45s
  11. 21m 31s
    1. Monitoring performance with Windows Experience Index
      3m 5s
    2. Finding issues in the Troubleshooting control panel
      3m 25s
    3. Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
      3m 39s
    4. Keeping file backups with File History
      5m 21s
    5. Reversing a fatal crash with System Restore
      3m 29s
    6. Resetting your Windows 8 installation
      2m 32s
  12. 21m 55s
    1. Exploring the Internet Explorer 10 Metro-style user interface
      2m 37s
    2. Exploring the Internet Explorer 10 desktop-style user interface
      2m 43s
    3. Accessing sites quickly using favorites and history
      3m 27s
    4. Browsing privately with InPrivate browsing
      2m 54s
    5. Changing Internet Explorer 10 Metro app properties
      3m 26s
    6. Invoking Internet Explorer 10 desktop from Internet Explorer 10 Metro
      1m 3s
    7. Adding sites to the Start screen
      3m 23s
    8. Making Internet Explorer 10 desktop the default
      2m 22s
  13. 33s
    1. Next steps
      33s

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Windows 8 is a significant departure from previous versions of the operating system, offering new mobile integration, cloud storage, and security enhancements. This course shows you all the essential features you'll need to jump-start Windows 8—whether you work with it closely at the office or use it casually at home. Author David Rivers discusses the migration path from older versions of Windows to Windows 8, tours the new interface, reviews the new file and folder behaviors, and introduces the most useful apps, including Calendar, Photos, and Music. He also shows how to adjust system settings like default programs and volume, and how to work with external devices and setup networks. The final chapters show you how to keep your computer even more secure with Access Control and Windows Defender, and how to troubleshoot potential issues, like reversing fatal crashes.

Topics include:
  • Upgrading from other Windows versions
  • Transferring files to Windows 8
  • Organizing files and folders
  • Managing your inbox with the Mail app
  • Sending instant messages with Messaging
  • Working with Notepad, WordPad, and Paint
  • Controlling system sounds, volume, and accessibility options
  • Getting connected to the Internet
  • Keeping your PC secure with Windows Update
  • Using parental controls to block unwanted content
  • Printing from Windows 8
  • Fixing issues with the Problem Steps Recorder
  • Keeping file backups with File History
  • Navigating the web with Internet Explorer 10
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Welcome

(music playing) Hi and welcome to Windows 8 Essential Training. I'm David Rivers. Microsoft Windows has gone through yet another major makeover and in this course, we'll get you up to speed on the essential features and functions of Windows 8. So you'll feel comfortable in this new environment. We'll begin by exploring what it takes to get upgraded to Windows 8 and then examine ways to transfer files from your existing Windows installation to the new Windows 8 environment. We'll get you comfortable navigating the new metro style user interface before opening up the file explorer to work with the new Ribbon interface to manipulate your files and folders.

We'll also be working with many of the Windows apps included in Windows 8 like mail, photos, music, and video. Other topics to be covered include customizing your system settings to suit your individual needs, devices and networking, Windows security and printing. We have a lot to cover so let's get started with Windows 8 Essential Training.

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